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Govt declares five-day state mourning as mark of respect to Mandela

ANI | Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 16:44

New Delhi: The government on Friday announced a five-day state mourning as a mark of respect to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away last night.

The announcement was made after a special meeting of the Union Cabinet, which condoled the death of the anti-apartheid icon.

During the period of state mourning, the national flag will be flown at half mast from December 6 to 10 throughout the country, and there will be no official entertainment.
Mandela, who guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy and became an international icon of peace and reconciliation, died at his home on Thursday at age 95.

Mandela had spent nearly three months in a Pretoria hospital with a recurring lung infection, and was shifted to his home in September with all intensive care facilities made available to him.

Mandela had spent 27 years as a prisoner in South Africa for opposing apartheid, and then emerged to become his country`s first black president.

He was bestowed with the Nobel Peace Prize and he became an enduring symbol of integrity, principle and resilience.

First Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 16:44
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